Serious–Part 2: Horse Also Missing
by Jonny Reynolds, reporter, who is not Ryan Reynolds and does not have social phobia
It sometimes gets lost in the ominous mystery of the disappearance of Don Johnson Michaels that his was not the only loss that cold January day.
It was just over a year ago that Michaels, 54, a local journalism legend, was last seen laughing like a hyena as he rode off on a horse.
But that horse also had real value that is often little discussed in the retelling of the tale of Johnson’s disappearance. The horses value? At least $50,000, according to its owner, Davis Montgomery III.
It was Montgomery, who was Michaels’ boss and the publisher of Coma News Daily, who probably suffered the most from Johnson’s disappearance.
“I raised him from a young awkward creature who could barely stand and who constantly bleated for his mother into a towering pillar of local journalism,” Montgomery said about Michaels.
“That said, the horse was significantly more impressive,” Montgomery added.
The chocolate-colored stallion was a three-year-old Belgian Warmblood named Ryan Gosling.
“Ryan Gosling would happily take you round cross country, show jumping and dressage,” Montgomery said. “Ryan Gosling was a brave and bold jumper who was not scared to try ditches and water and new fences.”
The horse was disciplined enough for an amateur rider. However, he may have proved too much for the editor, who had never ridden and referred to horses as “zebras.”
“It is simply not possible to fill the hole in my heart left by the disappearance of the most wonderful, warm, and intelligent beings I’ve ever interacted with,” Montgomery said. “Hopefully, Ryan Gosling will be found alive after that editor turns up in a ditch somewhere.”
Montgomery has offered both a “dead or alive” bounty on Michaels and a $50,000 reward for information that leads to the return of Ryan Gosling.
“It’s what the horse would want me to do,” Montgomery said.
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